People visit the Cần Thơ city flower street on its opening day during the week-long Tết holiday. –VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Liêm
Viet Nam News
CẦN THƠ – The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Cần Thơ received 700,000 tourists during Tết (Lunar New Year), 10 per cent higher than last year, according to its Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Lê Minh Sơn, the department’s deputy director, said they included 65,000 people who stayed overnight of whom 16,200 were foreigners.
Holiday-makers flocked to well-known destinations such as Cái Răng floating market, Southern Trúc Lâm Zen Monastery and Mỹ Khánh Tourist Village.
To maximise visitors’ experience, the city has organised electric vehicles for sightseeing, cruise ships and a festival showcasing giant lanterns.
Tourism revenues during the holidays topped VNĐ75.8 billion (US$3.3 million), up 10 per cent from last year.
The city had enjoyed strong tourism growth in 2017 due to a series of international political and cultural events such as the APEC Food Security Week, Việt Nam-Japan Culture and Trade Exchange, and the Southern Traditional Cake Festival.
The number of tourist arrivals and revenues had surged 40 per cent to 7.5 million and 61 per cent to VNĐ2.9 trillion ($127.3 million).—VNS